A technical brief from Broadcom and HP contends that, by now, the 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) standards are mature, reliable and well understood. The white paper concludes that, while high costs associated with optical cabling and top of rack switches have delayed widespread adoption of 10Gb Ethernet in many data centers, 10GBase-T overcomes these cost barriers, opening the doors for cost-effective migration to 10GbE throughout the data center.
"10GBase-T breaks through important cost and cable installation barriers in 10GbE deployment as well as offering investment protection via backwards compatibility with 1GbE networks," adds the paper. "Deployment of 10GBase-T will simplify the networking transition by providing easier path to migrate [the next generation of] servers to 10GbE infrastructure in support of higher bandwidth needed for virtualized servers."
View/Download the white paper here.